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Deleting these apps could massively improve the performance of your smartphone

Mirror logo Mirror 2017-08-10 Sophie Curtis

Credits: Getty © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Getty If your smartphone is sluggish, chews through your data allowance at a rate of knots and is constantly running out of storage space, it's time to delete some of your apps.

You may not realise it, but apps eat up digital resources even when you're not using them, and could be negatively affecting the performance of your phone.

In a new of over 3 million Android devices, cyber security firm Avast has come up with a list of the most resource-intensive mobile apps.

Interestingly, Google's own apps are among the worst offenders, with Google Maps, Google Play Music, Google Plus and Google Hangouts all appearing in the list of top 10 "greediest" apps.

Many of these apps come pre-installed on Android devices. They launch automatically when you turn on your phone, and run in the background even if you're not using them, eating up precious resources.

Several of Samsung's pre-installed apps, such as AllShare, ChatON and Push Service, were also found to be a major drain on smartphone performance.

Of the apps that are activated by the user and run in the foreground, Google Docs and Text-to-Speech are among the greediest, along with Samsung WatchON, Video Editor and Media Hub.

Third-party apps including SHAREit, Flipboard, Line and Adobe Acrobat Reader were also among the top 10.

When Avast took a more in-depth look at the effects of different apps on battery life, storage capacity and data usage, some other familiar names cropped up.

Facebook was named the worst app for consuming your mobile data, and for taking up space on your phone.

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Chat apps including WhatsApp, WeChat and Snapchat are particularly bad for battery drain, as are streaming apps like Netflix and Spotify.

Instagram, Facebook Messenger and Snapchat all hog a lot of storage, as do text-heavy applications like Amazon Kindle and the BBC News app.

Unsurprisingly, Netflix and Spotify are the most likely to chew through your data allowance, while web browsers like Chrome, Firefox and Microsoft Outlook also have a big impact.

"For many of us, our smartphones are the main device in our everyday lives," said Gagan Singh, senior vice president and general manager of Avast's mobile business.

"Knowing which of our favourite apps are the hardest-hitting on battery life, data usage, and storage is important so we can manage any that we are regularly using on our phones."

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While deleting resource-sapping apps is the quickest way to improve the performance of your smartphone, this isn't always practical if you use them regularly.

Avast has therefore offered the following list of tips for boosting battery life, managing storage consumption and saving mobile traffic:

  • Restrict notifications so you only get alerts about the things that matter

  • Limit background features, refresh intervals, location usage or in-app notifications

  • Clear your cache and remove temporary files

  • Turn off background data transfers or any offline reading features

  • Turn off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS when you're not using them

  • Turn down the brightness of your screen

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